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Music can bring people together in a marvelous way. Here in Galera, a pretty “white village” in the Altiplano de Granada, my wife’s beautiful soprano and my adequate bass, has made us friends throughout the place. Our choir does not sing Flamenco as such, but we do sing popular songs by revered poets such as Federico Garcia Lorca, whose works are used in some of the best Flamenco. So music and poetry come together here as so often in art!!
Yes, Klever Kath as she referred to herself sometimes, can wow you with popular songs like Blow the Winds Southerly and the Keel Row , but for me her singing in Das Lied Von Der Erde, especially in the Abshied is unsurpassed.
I’m also a lover of modern classical music as well, with Webern and Schoenberg along with Britten who we have already mentioned to the fore.
My popular musical blind spots: Country and Western and Rap, but you can’t win them all!!
I was a pupil at the Wyggy until 1971 under the incredibly scary Miss Pedley. I expect some of my teachers were still there in ’74. You may have taught my younger sister (by seven years), although we were like chalk and cheese. When my parents moved she had to move schools to do her A Levels and wishes she had not; it was not a success. Going from a strict girls’ grammar to a decidedly ‘modern’ mixed sex comprehensive did not bring out the best in her academically. She has done well since and is now Head of a school for complex learning difficulties (mainly autistic students). I taught Biology in a rural comprehensive in Cheshire for many years until taking early retirement last summer. I now have time to do the crosswords, but today have popped in to the local Primary school to volunteer my help. I do miss the teaching, but none of the rest of the job.
I do miss Leicester too and always enjoy going back. Last time I saw the Clock Tower I couldn’t believe it had blue faces!
Feel free to contact me directly via my email address if you fancy reminiscing about Wyggy Girls and finding out if you taught my sister.
I’ll do that – but I’d just like to say here how very thrilled and proud I feel just now to belong to Leicester. I’ve always been a closet Richard III apologist – never having joined the Society, but very familiar with Middleham Castle, where he grew up – and I was totally engrossed in Channel 4′s ‘King in the Car Park’ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/richard-iii-the-king-in-the-car-park/4od and its follow-up yesterday evening. It’s a truly amazing [and, I found, very moving] story! I mentioned @234 the Drop-in that I go to on Thursday afternoons, which is literally just yards from The Site and it was great to see a considerable little queue for the exhibition today.
In reference to Guardian Prize #25885 by Puck, clue for 26a ‘orang’ = ‘ape’.
Any English-language speaker who is sufficiently fluent in Indonesian to read an Indonesian newspaper or understand televised news is well aware that the latter language contains numerous loan words from English.
The number of Malay loan words in English language is much smaller by far but there are enough to indicate a long history of intermingling between the English-speaking world and the Malay archipelago—proof positive that “culture” and “cultural influence” is not just a one-way street.
While it is impossible to believe that lice were not thriving on Western sailors’ bodies before the arrival of Western ships to these shores, the common English word for lice, “cooties”, comes from the Malay word “kutu”. The name of the tomato-based goo that Americans slather on almost any kind of edible item, and which they call “ketchup”, is derived from the Malay “kecap”, a soy-based sauce. (One wonders where the tomatoes come from!)
What English language speaker doesn’t know the meaning of “to run amuck”? But does he also know that the term comes from the Malay word “amuk”? The name for paddy fields in English comes from padi, one of the Indonesian words for rice. “Bamboo” comes from “bambu” and “batik” is “batik” but imagine referring to Dorothy Lamour, popular film actress of the 1940s and 50s, as the “Wrap-around Girl” instead of the more inviting sounding “Sarong Girl”!
And what about that most common of English-language phrases, “so long”, expressed when saying farewell or good-bye? That phrase entered the English language through British soldiers who had served in Malay-speaking countries. When their Malay interlocutors said “Salam” (from the Arabic word for “peace”) the British soldiers heard it as “Sa-lang”, the pronunciation of which was further mashed when spoken by the civilian populace in Britain.
Orangutan (orang hutan), rattan (rotan), cockatoo (kakatua), gong, tuak, compound (kampong), sago, durian, agar, rambutan, keris, pantun, cassowary (kasuari), gingham (ginggam), caddy (kati), camphor (kapur), guttha-percha (getah perca), dammar (damar), gambir, lahar…. The list of Malay loan words in English goes on but one of my favorite loan words is “godown”, for warehouse (gudang).
* These notes courtesy of John McGlynn of the Lontar Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Well ‘Michelle’, to be fair to Collins, they are likely to be a bunch of supremely-talented lexicographers, whilst you, by your own admission, didn’t know until Everyman helped you out today what BEANO, SOFT SOAP, or E-BOAT are.
So, intricacies of Indonesian-English loan-words no problem, common English words a mystery. I don’t know whether or not you are a real beginner, or just pulling the collective 15^2 leg for some silly reason, but there are for me some curious anomalies in your (very well-written, jargon-laden) posts.
good point regarding gudang / gidangu. I think it highly likely there is interchange between Tamil/Malay vocabulary.
Regarding ‘camphor’, ‘kapur’ in Malay/Indonesian = ‘chalk’.
Collins definition is: camphor, noun
a whitish crystalline aromatic terpene ketone obtained from the wood of the camphor tree or made from pinene: used in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a liniment and treatment for colds. Formula: C10H16O
word origin = C15: from Old French camphre, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic k?f?r, from Malay k?p?r chalk; related to Khmer k?p?r camphor.
Yes, the Malay word ‘kapur’ could be derived from ‘karpuram’, but this is beyond my sphere of knowledge.
Just done a crossword from the Times Book 10 and couldn’t work out this clue. Despite having Thatcherite in the clue it is obviously an old crossword so that is just coincidence.
“Girl initially expressing Thatcherite principle” Answer Tina
I apologise if this has previously been asked. I’ve tried to skim through the thread but am having to do so on a phone so I may have missed any prior discussion.
I don’t see puzzles from The Times being blogged here. Is there a particular reason for this: etiquette? Tradition? I don’t get the Times but a friend does and it seems this site, an otherwise outstanding resource, would not be of help to him on the occasions he becomes stuck.
I hope I’m not breaking any taboos by asking but apologise unreservedly if you are all not staring fixedly at your shoes and shifting uncomfortably in your seats.
I help at our local City of Sanctuary Drop-in for asylum seekers and, along with the other volunteers, was shocked at the weekend to hear that one of our clients, one of the most delightful young men I have met, had been arrested, detained in Morton Hall, Lincolnshire, and faced with imminent deportation [at 00.10 next Wednesday, 22nd.] A petition to the Home Secretary to stop this was immediately put together and every effort made to publicise it as widely as possible. You can read Abdul’s story and sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/release-abdul-ghafar-rajabali-and-halt-his-deportation
I am so grateful to those of you who took the trouble to follow the links and sign the petition. There has been at least a 50% increase in the number of signatories during the day and I know that a fair number of them have come from here. If you google Abdul’s name, you’ll now find a pageful of links, which demonstrates the power of the internet. Apparently, if you can spare the time, individual letters to the Home Secretary add considerable impact.
I gave a lot of thought overnight as to whether this was an appropriate thing for me to do here but, having met a number of you on social occasions, I thought it was worth the risk: it’s not very often that we can honestly describe a situation, such as this, as a matter of life and death and I was anxious to contact as many of my friends and acquaintances as possible.
I really can’t commend this young man too highly. I have known him for months now but, because of his unassuming and generally [amazingly] cheerful attitude, and, such is the nature of what we try to do, I wasn’t aware of all the appalling details of his story until this weekend, when the petition was issued.
There is just one week to go, so please publicise this as widely as you can. The volunteer who has had the closest association with Abdul, and who organised the petition, told us, at our emotional City of Sanctuary AGM yesterday evening, that she’d been involved in a case where a stay of deportation was granted just ten minutes before the due departure time, so, as she said, ‘It’s never over till it’s over.’
I’m sorry to hear that you are having display problems. This is the second report during the last few days (see the site feedback page). The only recent software change has been the addition of a plug-in to cache the site’s content. This has been necessary due to the large number of unwanted bots crawling the site and creating excess demands on server resources.
Would you please let me have a little more detail of what you are experiencing and which browser you are using as I have been unable to replicate the issue in IE10 (by email if you prefer).
Thanks for the feedback. The other visitor who was experiencing problems was also using Firefox, something I will not do as when it was installed on my last machine it was responsible for frequent crashes. I am therefore unable (or rather unwilling) to see if I can replicate the problem.
Your reference to the ‘Toggle Mobile Mode’ supports the suspicion I have that the cache plug-in is not compatible with the plug-in that generates a mobile friendly display (WPtouch).
(Until now silent lurker)
The blog has been displaying inconsistently for me too – I assumed changes were afoot and things would normalize soon. I use Google Chrome on Ubuntu, not Firefox – which is why I’m mentioning it.
For me, so far this week, Rufus’s (Monday) and Paul’s (today) were normal, while Philistine’s yesterday was the newfangled version. At the bottom of the new one it says “mobile theme” and there is an on/off toggle, which doesn’t seem to do anything. I thought it might be some option the blogger had.
Really enjoy the site by the way. (I also signed the petition and posted it on Facebook.)